CEO and Founder
Be the Change, Inc.
Alan Khazei is CEO and Founder of Be the Change, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to strengthening our democracy by connecting the service and social entrepreneurship movements to policy development and advocacy. Be the Change leverages the “grasstops” and “grass roots” to build citizen movements for change. It taps the wisdom, experience, and networks of practitioners, social entrepreneurs, service alumni and leaders from all sectors, to craft bold, new post-partisan policy agendas, build coalitions, mobilize citizens, and unite Americans behind ideas that can transform our nation and create a better future for all Americans. Be the Change is the driving force behind ServiceNation, a national coalition of more than 114 organizations that reach more than 100 million Americans across the country. The goal of ServiceNation is to unite leaders from every sector of American society with hundreds of thousands of citizens in a national campaign to call on the next President and Congress and leaders from all sectors of society to enact a new era of voluntary service and civic engagement in America, an era in which all Americans come together to try and address our greatest and most persistent societal problems.
Alan Khazei was Co-Founder and CEO of City Year for almost twenty years, a youth service corps that helped to inspire the development of AmeriCorps, America’s federal investment in national youth service. Founded in 1988 with 50 young people in service in Boston, City Year is now a global organization operating in 19 cities in America and in Johannesburg, South Africa with an annual budget of more than $60 million. City Year annually enlists more than 1,500 young adults from all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, civic engagement and leadership development. An “action tank” for the concept of voluntary national service, City Year envisions a world in which a year of public service will be a civic rite of passage for all young adults.
Alan Khazei was appointed to the Commission on National and Community Service by President George H.W. Bush and served as a Vice-Chair from 1990-1992. He is a recipient of the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, The Caring Institute Award, and the Harvard Law School Association Outstanding Alumni Award. In 2006 he was selected by US News and World Report as one of America's 25 Best Leaders and was chosen by the Boston Globe Magazine as one of 11 Bostonians Changing the World. Time Magazine named him one of America’s top 50 leaders under 40. Alan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizen Schools, City Year, New Profit, Inc., Share Our Strength, and on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for Public Service, and the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in the fall of 2006. Alan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Alan Khazei 's discussions:
- What should universal national service look like? October 10, 2008
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Upcoming See All
- Risk and Legal Fear in Schools
With Lenore Skenazy, Frederick Hess, Megan Rosker, Walter Olson, and Nancy McDermott. Start date: June 5
Past Discussions See All
- Risk and Legal Fear in SchoolsEnded: June 19, 2013
- Obsolete Law SolutionsEnded: December 19, 2012
- Stay Tuned!Ended: October 31, 2009
- Social innovation in America's cities: getting more out of our social service delivery systemsEnded: September 25, 2009
- Infrastructure: What and How?Ended: January 15, 2009
- Should we scrap No Child Left Behind?Ended: November 20, 2008
- How can we restore order and respect in public schools?Ended: November 14, 2008
- Why is there so much school bureaucracy and what can we do about it? Ended: November 7, 2008
- Do we need a new deal for teachers?Ended: October 30, 2008
- What should universal national service look like?Ended: October 16, 2008
- What strategies best support the transition and re-employment of displaced workers?Ended: October 2, 2008
- Can the next President break Washington's addiction to short-term goals and special interests?Ended: September 11, 2008
- Would "loser pays" eliminate frivolous lawsuits and defenses?Ended: August 20, 2008
- Do we need a basic rewrite of No Child Left Behind?Ended: August 7, 2008
- Obesity Part 1: What's needed to encourage a culture of fitness?Ended: July 31, 2008